The Thoth Ace of Swords
represents the Primordial Energy of the Alchemical element-
Air. Air being the combination of Fire(Father) and Water (Mother), lacks the individual
Purity of the two, as well as the focus. Therefore, as Wind it goes
which ever way the heated currents send it. In other words, any passionate idea
Being an Ace of Air,
it is the seed of mind, It is the First
card of mind and is the Sword of the Magus, with its twenty-two rayed
diadem of light; 22= 2x11, which is the Magical manifestation of
Chokmah, Wisdom and the Logos. Accordingly, Crowley put the Word of Law
upon the blade which sends forth a blaze of light that banished the dark
clouds of the Mind.
The One Mind begins as Kether, it is ....and that is
about all that can be realized. It is the Breath of all that is. It
is the Dark Fire/Dark Energy that is unlimited and unseen yet is the
Source of Energy/Light from the Infinite un-manifest. It is the Pusher of all
the Universe, a motion within all Movement. It is the All Seeing,
observer, who only observes. All that is comes from there, all that is
returns to there. Only to cycle again. Kether is "the great unexplained", and
in the Ace of Swords, Kether is depicted as the Crown, the Primary
symbol of Kether, The other symbols attributed to Kether are the Point,
and the Swastika. Thus Kether is often displayed as a white circle with a
dark point in the center. White is the color produced by the perfect balanced weight of all colors, signifying that Kether is the source of all light.
with all the Sephiroth, Kether must be approached intellectually just
to form a intuitive concept of the Source. For instance, we say that
Kether is the point and as a symbol that is true, but the Point in not
Kether. Just as God built us in It's own image, is true, but the Image
is not God.
We are establishing some principles with symbols. The symbol of the
first principle is the crown. We may think because of our
anthropomorphic perspective that this Force of Motion lies somewhere in
our head, as a spacial as yet un-awakened part of our brain; However,
this is not the case.
Crown represents the Holy Guiding Spirit, the crowning glory that we
all aspire to, even though it is a Force our brain is subordinate to.
Because of George Lucas and his marvelous creation of modern myth,
known as the Star Wars series of movies and books; The Force has been
described as the personal Aspiration of all Jhedi. Which seems to be a
word cross of Magi and Djinn. The ancient Egyptians called the Three
Magi, the three Stars in Orion's belt that pointed to Osiris's star
Sothis (Sirius) , which "rose in the East". These belt stars were still
called the Magi in the middle ages (See The Woman's Encyclopedia of
Myths and Secrets- by Barbara G. Walker..page 565) . The Word Djinn is
Arabian, and originally refereed to Ancestor souls. Now this is all very
interesting and we have a new word for Ancestor Souls, Jhedi, whose
power comes from the Three Sephiroth that make the Supernal Triangle,
with Kether as the Crown, i.e.The Force. Once again Myth is a storied
lie about a Truth.
fun aside, Kether is the Crown from which all creation springs...as is
observation in our mundane world of self awareness. Observation, begins creation. Thus the
Point. The Point is complete unto itself with neither dimensions nor
external definition. This would be called a "Singularity" in Quantum
Physics. The Seed from which the Universe has grown. The Big Bang,
the outward expression of this Seed that has been caused by a Force
called Will, are shown as the Sephiroth on the Qabalistic Tree of Life.
Each Sephira, is a crystallization of the latent aspects of Kether.
The Qabalistic God name of Kether is "I Will Be" or Eheieh in Hebrew, likened
to the sound of breath. Because all Work begins and ends with Kether,
all ritualistic, or meditative work must begin with the invocation of
the Highest. This idea alone, causes subtle changes and activity on the
Inner Planes. The Unconscious guides and directs us toward our Higher
Self when we begin to imagine the "Light above".
the Qabalist, Consciousness guides, motivates, transforms and even
translates the Energy of the Divine Unconscious but does not create that
energy, nor can it destroy it. Again Imagination is the Womb, but
Kether is before Imagination. The "Will to be", is not the same as "I
Will Be", for the former one is individual and idealize, while the latter is without idea...the ideas of being came latter in the
conception of Time (Binah-the third Sephira), as another latent aspect of Kether. The Will becomes
three crystallized aspects. The I Will Be, becomes Will to Force and Will to Form, then united becomes, Will to be, which is the Wholly Spirit!
Number One is attributed to Kether, as 1 is the seed of all numbers,
and as shown on the Qabalistic Tree of Life, by simple addition, 1+1=2
and 2+1=3, etc.. Then we have the 3 returning to the 1 as male (2) and
female (3) become one, thus, 3-2=1, which is the "Technology of Sex".
All seeming very simple until we begin to meditate on simple numbers and
simple geometry. The symbol 1 could be pure 1 which is indivisible, so
what do we really know? Symbols such as numbers, are themselves not what
they represent. Thus Kether is .......but we really don't know what it
is; just as psychics doesn't know what "dark energy" is. Therefore, Qabalist Jason Lotterhand called it, "The Great Whatsit".
However, we do know that Kether is not static,
for the "First Swirlings" of manifestation are in Assiah , the
Qabalistic Material World. That is why the symbol of the Swirling
Swastika, which rotates around a point, is another symbol for Kether. It
seemed the Nazi's had high ideas for their perversions and have taken a
ancient Buddhist symbol for the "First Swirlings" that cause
manifestation and as in all propaganda, changed the meaning of the
symbol to suit their vision of self importance: but that doesn't change the original meaning of the symbol.
above, so Below", in essence states that the Sephiroth of Malkuth, the
visible color spectrum of the Physical world, is equally as Holy as the
Source. The Divine Creative and its Images, are undivided and inseparable. Therefore,
our cultural concepts of separation are just basically denial of our
wholeness and errant belief that separateness makes us special as in "more valuable".
like the City Person who insists that farmers are "red neck" hicks, a
form of lower life than themselves; even though their whole life is
dependent on the food that the good, intelligent and diligent work of the Farmer produces. Such
people are indeed in a denial produced by "fear of being inferior". Much like a parasite, thinking it is more
important than the host; such is believing that we are separate from
each other. In truth, the City man depends on the Rural man and vise
verse. It is indeed time to expand our perspectives and "above all
things, know thyself".
we must come to understand that Kether as Source of All is a quality
unknown to us, but which we can symbolize to some extent. Thus when an
Ace appears in a reading, it implies great power that is beyond our
perceptions. The Essence of a Thing; the Idea of Seed.
, The Ace of Swords
invokes the Divine Crown of Spiritual Brightness. The fact that it is an
invoked device places it in contrast to a natural force and can be for
good or evil
. We all know that the Mind is not necessarily evil
or good; as any idea will do for the Mind's concentration of "I AM"
(invoked) force; it's lack of empathy for the manifestation of this invocation, makes it appear evil.
We all would like to think that there is a good thought that we can send to another, thus helping them! Although
we think that "being love" is a good thought----it isn't. Simply because
Love is not a thought it is a force in action for the body it operates. Thought being what it
is, the first material of an idea, makes it a deep dark and slippery mystery. Thought isn't sent to another, it arrives only at the body that is operated by the thinker/sender who must discern the purpose and if wishing to share the thought, must communicate it in action or word. That is why the
Supreme Spirit Identity, made human bodies; for discerning self awareness. Thought must be felt in the
most sensual detail, to insure its viability to empower and liberate the
Alive from self imposed operational limitation often imposed by "short sighted thinking" and/or "reaction". This is especially true
in a psychosomatic form, such as a living body.
you feel bad about someones reaction
to you and blame them for your
feelings (..."you make me sad" etc.); you're not paying attention to why you have a body. The Body
you own, operate and delight in, is a power tool whose very purpose is
to react to Your thought; it can't give sensation (feelings) to any
thought outside of it!
It is the thoughts of the inhabiting consciousness that the body feels.
Hence "Others" can't make you feel anything by their thoughts! Therefore if you
have "bad feelings", it's your very own thought process that is causing
them---not someone else.You are already "made", no one else can "make you'' anything.
If you wish to use the body as a proper
"thought filtering power device" you must be as the Magus, and be the
Will of the body, giving none of the bodies action to "others" ("Do what thou wilt is the whole of the Law: Love is the law"). "I AM Me",
has nothing to do with the weakness of seeking validation; a mental weakness for it means you are not the Spiritual Strength of your Identity, but one who is "seeking one" and thus putting the body in the position of a beggar: "please like me"!
You are made
manifest, which is a description of Truth. Truth says, "If made manifest, you had to be made by Divine Creative Validation".
No other validation is to be sought, nor needs to be sought. Beware of
thoughts, for "here be dragons"! For they are not truth, and they are tricky places to reside in as the
Mind is a deceiver, not because it is evil, but because ANY THOUGHT
WILL DO and will be invoked by the "I AM"...there is no consideration of empathy or discernment.
The Thoth Ace of Swords tells us that the mind is a neutral medium that is the essence of "Thought" and when the I AM invokes an identity by declaring, I Am... this idea or that idea, it will become manifested in the vessel/medium supplied. The human body is the "vessel" supplied for our consciousness. Remember, there is only One Mind/Divine Creative that seeks Self-Awareness through creation, and in such a One, there are "no others" only "another way to be me". Hence, to think ill of "another", makes the thinkers body ill. Inversely, to think well of "another", is to may your body well!
sensual human body, is a "test bed" for thought and will tell you, by
its reaction to conscious thought, what expands and liberates its power
to act or what depletes its abilities to function properly. Remember, to
think ill of anyone, place or thing, and you will feel ill. Think Well,
and you'll feel well. That is why the best mental balanced to operate in is to
"Do unto another, as you would have done to you." Doing so, your life
becomes a joyous/happy/wealthy motion in this psychosomatic state of
being! Don't Trust thoughts, examine them. Remember, you are not a
thought, You are a Thinker.
Thinkers are not thought, anymore than a truck diver is a truck.
Thought is what you do to operate a sensual living vehicle for your
own personal psyche self awareness; in fact, the Hermetic Qabalah sees thought
as the "First Matter". Being Invisible Spirit Psyche, you need to create a self
image to be "self-aware" and begin by manipulating "first matter" using the psychic power of "
I AM"... . Therefore the physical body is a sacred gift that clarifies thought for Wise creation
and greater self-awareness. Hence it is the "Me" that the I AM identifies. Therefore, be very careful about using the Power to Manifest Thought by saying "I AM": for "I AM" is invocation!
"Above all things Know thyself ", is why the Invisible Divine built a
universe of images. The Divine Creative knows Self through creation! Hence, The Divine Creative is Self Aware, as You!
The Jungian Ace of Swords: Conflict of ideas, is represented as a card of ideological conflict; of battle over principles or points of view where the victor is not necessarily the best one.
Suggested is that someone will be hurt, either emotionally, physically or even financially.Therefore this is not a card of subtlety, as is the Jungian Ace of Cups, but rather "in your face" conflict. Yet, something positive emerges from placing mind sets against each other, such as in a debate of opposing view points, where entirely new ideas or principles may emerge.
Therefore, the Ace of Swords represents the very basis of thought: the seed or root of thought itself. Swords are the suit of the "son", and therefore are the direct result of the communion of the Mother-Female-Unconscious (Water) and Father-Male-Creative Spirit (fire).
When thrown in a reading, it means that the Ace of Swords represents:
- A whirling force of strength gained through trouble.
is a singular affirmation of Justice, upholding Divine Authority, and
can also be the Sword of Wrath, Punishment and affliction.
- Justice will prevail in an issue within a years time.
- New mental self image is being considered an invoked by the self-conscious.
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